The unusual old town of Gallipoli, Puglia, was built on a limestone island that’s now connected to the mainland by a 16th century bridge. The picturesque historic center, enclosed by walls, is a pedestrian zone and a nice place to stroll through its maze of alleys. One of them, Corte Gallo, looks like an open-air ethnographic museum. You’ll find the 17th century Baroque Sant’ Agata Cathedral in the center of the old town. Several interesting churches are along the perimeter of the old town facing the sea.
Castello Angiono, probably built in the 11th century, stands near the entrance to the old town and guarded the old port, once part of an important trade route, The fortress was connected to the mainland by a drawbridge.
A nice beach, Spiaggia della Purita, is just outside the city walls.
For a nice seafood lunch overlooking the sea, try il Bastione Ristorante. If you want to spend the night, Hotel al Pescatore is on the edge of the old town near the beach, Spiaggia della Purita. The hotel also has a seafood restaurant.
Transportation notes: Gallipoli can be reached by Trains of the Southeast. If you arrive by car, park in a parking lot outside the historic center as it’s a pedestrian zone.